Black Studies and Digital Humanities
A Growing List of Online Resources
Compiled by Kenton Rambsy
& Goyland Williams
I am interested in online
mediums, blogs in particular, can be used as a space to think
through ideas when preparing larger publications, getting
immediate feedback, and simply giving larger audiences access to
new ideas and information. In terms of bridging the gap between
“Digital Humanities” and “Black Studies,” developing an online
presence is crucial. Online websites concerning black culture
serve as points of entry for how wider audiences engage in
scholarship about African American life and history.
Below, this list
constitutes the growing “digital resources” by professors,
public figures, collective groups, and institutions that can be
used to discuss and study issues in Black Studies. Ranging
from the personal blog of Professor
Adam Banks and rhetorical matters to digital archives of HistoryMakers,
the innovative means by which social networking and online
mediums are used to create and shape conversations about black
culture is noteworthy.
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100 Great Black Britons --
www.100greatblackbritons.com is published by Every
GenerationEvery Generation (www.everygeneration.co.uk)
is a dedicated website and resource aimed at the black community
and mainstream bodies on history, heritage and family genealogy.
The site was launched in October 2002 and to date receives an
average of 50,000 hits a month.
reviews. articles, and videos.
African American Heritage and Ethnography, presents the
first module to be developed. Jointly funded by the Ethnography
Program and the Cultural Resources Stewardship Careers Program,
it complements and supplements training courses and programs
traditionally sponsored for the education of Park Service staff,
the public, and community partners. http://www.nps.gov/history/ethnography/aah/aaheritage/contents.htm
-- black contributions to classical music
Africa Book Centre— Books
dealing with Africa only. They have an excellent downloadable
catalog, published quarterly. The latest issue is, from memory,
African Review of Books — Top
quality reviews (including, yes, one of my own book)
—Michigan State University Press is the U.S. outlet for books
published in Africa.
Africa Recovery -- United Nations Department of
Public Information seeks to provide timely and accurate news and
analysis on the critical economic and development challenges
facing the African continent. Check out No
Phone, No Computer .
Timelines -- Awesome Library, Editor's Choice
-- a weekly
-- a show that examines black and interracial sexuality and
that provides insight and alternatives to individuals seeking
healthy erotic expression. It highlights the beauty and
sensuality of African Americans without being vulgar and
stereotypical and it provides a fresh perspective from which to
examine the issues that shape the perceptions of Black
Algebra Project -- seeks to impact the struggle
for citizenship and equality by assisting students in inner city
and rural areas to achieve mathematics literacy. Higher order
thinking and problem solving skills are necessary for entry into
the economic mainstream. Without these skills, children will be
tracked into an economic underclass
Alive in Truth:We've
recorded fifty full-length oral history interviews with New
Orleans narrators. These explore the narrator's life before,
during, and after the flooding of New Orleans. /
Alive in Truth: The New Orleans Disaster Oral History and Memory
Project / PMB 188 / 603 West 13th St. Suite 1A / Austin, TX
78701/ (512) 653-6539 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Profits, Retained Earnings, Make Cash,
Fast Money, Work Online
The Amistad, Howard University's online literary
journal, Editor, Abdul Ali.
ArtObjects & Technology:
Vernard R. Gray of ArtObjects & Technology specializes
in web site design/management; art history recordings. In
addition, he has art object and collectibles. He can be reach at
The Journal of Multicultural Heartspeak will accept for publication poetry and creative
commentary that locates itself anywhere on the continuum of
human experience. Writers, poets, essayists and story tellers,
students and faculty, novice or accomplished, are encouraged to
submit their work. All writers retain their copyrights.
Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the America's: A Visual
searchable collection now contains approximately 1,200 images.
Aside from revising and
correcting bibliographic and contextual data, we have expanded
our coverage of West Africa, the Atlantic crossing, the Hispanic
areas of South and Central America, and the Hispanic Caribbean,
including Cuba. We also include, courtesy of the J. Pierpont
Morgan Library, four images from Histoire Naturelle des Indes,
the celebrated Drake Manuscript; we believe these images
represent the earliest eye-witness depictions of Africans in the
Although we will continue
to occasionally add images, additions will be done on a very
selective basis (e.g., enhancing coverage of an underrepresented
New World area). We will continue, however, to correct errors
as these are brought to our attention by users of the website or
through our own research. We will also modify the bibliographic
entries and historical contexts of the images as particular
needs arise. The date of the latest up-date to the website is
now shown on the website's front page; we hope this
chronological marker will be useful to viewers who consult the
website. The compilers continue to welcome any corrections to
the current bibliographic and historical information on the
Responses from colleagues
in various countries over the last several years continue to be
enormously helpful in improving the information in the entries,
thus enhancing the value of this site as a research and teaching
tool. Comments can be addressed to Handler at
-- a host for websites.
-- Azanian People’s
Organisation: 7th Floor Balmoral House, 100 President Street,
Johannesburg, 2001. PO Box 4230, Johannesburg, South Africa,
2000. Tel.: +27 11 336 1874; +27 11 336 3551; +27
11 333 6681 email@example.com
List -- Publishing
& Literary Newsletter of African-American Interest.
ICAF-Baltimore is a satellite of ICAF-DC, which is the
Headquarters for the International Capoeira Angola Foundation.
ICAF has chapters in Brazil (Salvador, Rio De Janiero and Belo
Horizonte), Oakland (our West Coast Head Branch and home of
Mestre Jurandir, one of our Mestres), New Orleans, Seattle, Los
Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Philadelphia, and Middletown,
Connecticut. We have affiliates and contacts in other nations as
well. You can see the complete list on our parent site,
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-- a Baltimore weekly
Barnard --Middle Passage
— Late 2004 Caryl Phillips took 16 of his students to Accra as
part of a senior seminar on the Literature of the Middle
Passage. On this web-page the students record their reactions.
-- is an on-line quarterly journal of
poetry by authors who live or work inside the beltway in the
greater DC metro region.
Black Arts Movement
-- U of Michigan page
Book Blog -- New
blog on Black books, authors and publishing.
Britain -- One of UK oldest websites. Only provide of
daily news to African British communities
political commentary, hosted by Peter Gamble, editor
Black Documentary Collective --
by documentarian St. Clair Bourne The Black Documentary
Collective (BDC) provides people of African descent, working in
the documentary film and video field with the opportunity to
network professionally; promote each others’ work, exchange
ideas in order to generate productions and advocate on issues
impacting Black documentarians.
Issues Book Review -- the
only large circulation forum solely devoted to covering both
fiction and nonfiction books written by black authors.
Black Issues In
Higher Education --
Since its founding in 1984, Black Issues In Higher
Education has been America's premier news source for
information concerning these vitally important issues.
Panther Party Exhibit -- The It’s About Time Committee
is presenting an historical exhibit of artwork and graphics from
the Black Panther Party Newspapers. This exhibit is part of a
traveling educational tour.
Guild of Maryland, Inc. -- a growing group of African
American writers in the Baltimore Metropolitan area of Maryland.
The Guild was incorporated in 1997 and the 501C3 non-profit
status became effective on December 4, 2000. The Prince Georges'
Chapter was added in 2003.
from Ethelbert /HeatStrings
Race & Politics in UK
-- a local online news site hosted by Doni Glover
Writer -- published
by the University of the Virgin Islands, is an international
anthology with a Caribbean focus.
Centre for Civil Society,
Durban, South Africa -- The Centre for Civil Society was
established in the Faculty of Community and Development
Disciplines in July 2001. It began with a staff of one but has
rapidly expanded and now has a staff of 19. The Centre has a
wide range of thriving local, national and international
linkages with key organisations and individuals in and concerned
with civil society.
Citizens For Legitimate
Government -- is a multi-partisan activist group
established to expose the
Bush coup d'etat, and to oppose the
Bush occupation in all of its manifestations
Civil Rights Movement
Veterans -- We are an organization of former
civil rights workers who were active in the Southern Freedom
Movement of the 1960s. We were staff and volunteers for CORE,
SCLC, SNCC, NAACP and other organizations. In the years since,
we've all gone our various ways but regardless of where we are
now we consider the Movement to be one of the defining
experiences of our lives. Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights
The Council of Literary
Magazines and Presses --
The CLMP publishes an annual volume of small presses and
literary journals, including their submission guidelines. The
books are organized by state. The Council of Literary Magazines
and Presses serves one of the most active segments of American
arts and culture: the independent publishers of exceptional
fiction, poetry and prose. Literary magazines and presses
accomplish the backstage work of American literature:
discovering new writers; supporting mid-career writers;
publishing the creative voices of communities underrepresented
in the mainstream commercial culture; and preserving literature
for future readers by keeping books in print.
College Week -- --
Since 1988, Community College Week has been the independent
source of in-depth information for and about two-year college
faculty, administrators and trustees.
People -- a
place for People of Color to get easy access to news ranging
from political articles to current pop culture.
Now -- The Digital Magazine of Cuban
Arts and Culture
Morse -- I cannot pretend to be
impartial. But then I have never believed that responsible
journalism requires impartiality. The opposite is sometimes
Nicholas Kristof, who has done more than any mainstream
columnist to keep
Darfur in the public eye, talks about leaning "way over the
line" between journalism and activism. We can strive for
accuracy in the service of truth. But to strive for impartiality
in the face of genocide is to avoid the truth.
Place -- a home for performing and literary
artists, is dedicated to supporting the creative process by
presenting original works of theater, dance and literature at
various stages of development.
American South -- including
"North American Slave Narratives" and "The
Church in the Southern Black Community"
( a listserv) -- Kalamu ya
Salaam is a premiere cultural worker and writer with a
30-year history of activism within the community. E-drum
provides services for writers and artists: book reviews,
cultural events, info on new websites, writings contests, etc.
"I started e-drum in August of 1998, five
years later we are still going strong; in fact, we are growing.
E-drum is a daily commitment. I get over 300 emails a day. I
spend a minimum of one hour a day online, and I average about
two and a half to three hours a day online."
-- "Hip-Hop High" is available online now at
edutopia.org, where you'll also find links to some of the
Web's best resources
for teachers interested in integrating hip-hop into their
Ethelbert Miller -- personal
website of a DC poet .
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from Ethelbert -- a personal blog.
Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta
http://www.ejrc.cau.edu/ --formed in 1994 to serve as a
research, policy, and information clearinghouse on issues
related to environmental justice, race and the environment,
civil rights, facility siting, land use planning, brownfields,
transportation equity, suburban sprawl, and Smart Growth.
ESR Metro -- founded in 1982 by educators concerned
about the dangers of nuclear war. Its mission is to help people
develop the skills and convictions they need to shape a just,
peaceful, and democratic society.
First of the Month -- First of the Month Writers' Collective
maintains this site and produces "a newspaper of the radical
imagination," First of the Month, where the bulk of the articles
here have been or will be published.
-- Bill Egan is an authority on Florence Mills. He wrote a
piece on Florence Mills for
ChickenBones that we were pleased to publish.
Friends of the
Congo -- The ultimate vision of the FOTC is to see a
strong vibrant Congo where the Congolese control their own
destiny and utilize their country's vast resources as an engine
for their own development and that of Africa and the African
--a ProfileAfrica Group publication, is the premier news source
for breaking news on Ghana and also an outlet for video
expressions from Ghanaians in the Diaspora.
Black News --
Bakari Akil is editor.
Truth -- Howard D. Wright originally started The Sankofa
Restoration Project Inc. in 1992 when he observed the need to
provide a publication to serve the needs of the struggle to save
New York City's African Burial Ground. This publication Ground
Truth' is still in publication today and has expanded its
mission to cover news throughout the world community.
by the American Social History Project / Center for Media and
Learning (Graduate Center, CUNY) and the Center for History and
New Media (George Mason University).
Known Rivers: The MoAD Stories Project -- I've
Known Rivers: The MoAD Story Project is an unprecedented effort
by an international museum to collect, publish, and archive
"first voice" narratives about people of African
descent. In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane
Katrina and its effect on the lives of thousands of African
Americans, this project's story-collecting mission takes on an
even greater significance.
Drake (new personal website) -- poet, educator, visual
Horse -- This is a detailed website that chronicles the
largest slave revolt in U.S. history. The site includes
comparisons with other major revolts such as Nat Turner, Denmark
Vessey, and the 1811 Louisiana revolt.
When there is a conflict between cultural tolerance and
obedience to the Word of God, listen to the spirit of God and be
obedient to the word of God.
"Do not conform any longer to the
pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's
will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will". Romans
12:2 Keep your JOY. Pray for PEACE. Stay BLESSED. Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo-Murobha,
servant at Kalafong
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Five locations located in Prince George's County and one in
Virginia. They have served our community since 1993.
House -- a not-for-profit community-based arts and
educational organization designed to encourage and support the
preservation, celebration and evolution of African-American
culture and provide a vehicle for social, economic and
Turn Magazine -- Left Turn is a national network of
activists engaged in exposing and fighting the consequences of
global capitalism and imperialism. Rooted in a variety of social
movements, we are anti-capitalists, radical feminists,
anti-racists, and anti-imperialists working to build resistance
and alternatives to corporate power and empire.
— South Africa has 11 official languages, one of which is
English. Much of the material on this site is in Afrikaans with
a smaller proportion in the remaining 9 indigenous African
languages, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, etc. But there is enough in
English to make it worth a visit.
Museum -- a complex of national landmarks
housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting
Louisiana's legacy of historic events and cultural diversity.
The Museum operates five properties in the famous French
Quarter: the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, Old U.S. Mint and
Madame John's Legacy. Also the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation
Museum in Patterson, the Old Courthouse in Natchitoches, and the
E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux.
Louisiana Weekly --
A black weekly New Orleans paper.
-- Music (blues, soul gospel),
The Michigan Citizen -- The Michigan Citizen has been
published every Sunday on a weekly basis since November of 1978.
It was founded by Charles D. Kelly and is currently published by
his daughter, Catherine Kelly.
Name Is New Orleans -- Professor Arturo
Black Theatre Festival -- Goal
to unite Black theatre companies in America and ensure the
survival of this genre into the next millennium. With the
support of Dr. Maya Angelou, (the Festival's first Chairperson)
NBTF was born.
The Negro Artist
-- This website is a presentation of people of color in America.
An online portal if you will, for Black Entertainment that
provides Information that will give you a better understanding
of the problems we faced in the past to the problems we face as
a nation today. The primary aim of negroartist.com is to
encourage research activity on people of African descent and to
provide vast amounts of information to the study of the African
Diaspora. A historical perspective of a nation, its people, and
its cultural evolution.
Pages.com : "NewPages.com, the best overall Internet
portal to the alternative press, independently organizes pages
of links to hundreds of magazines, independent publishers and
bookstores, literary magazines, newsweeklies, and review
sources. NewPages.com also publishes unique book and zine
reviews, and an interesting weblog broadly covering the world of
arts, publishing, and libraries." Writer's
Digest 101 Best Web Sites for Writers
Star -- Issues of religion, theology, and history.
The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform
for social justice in Africa.
Poets House is a literary center and poetry archive — a
collection and meeting place that invites poets and the public
to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our poetry
resources and literary events document the wealth and diversity
of modern poetry, and stimulate public dialogue on issues of
poetry in culture.
& Writers, Inc. is the primary source of
information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded
in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary
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-- has been providing provocative coverage from new writers and
thinkers for eight years (since 1997).
Pulse of Uganda
-- The Heartbeat of Uganda . . . and Best Home on the Web
for Ugandans everywhere uniting Ugandans and friends of Uganda,
at home and abroad, UGPulse provides news, entertainment,
commentary, historical narratives, photos and other content
experiences from an impartial but clearly Ugandan point-of-view.
-- website of Lani Guinier and Susan Sturn: "We, Lani Guinier
and Susan Sturm, are law professors who have been experimenting
for more than 10 years with learning as a democratic practice.
In 1990, with our students, we built a multi-racial learning
community in a law school classroom, producing an
extraordinarily engaged, open, and exciting dynamic atmosphere."
for the 21st Century -- RATTLE is pretty simple: We love
poetry and feel that it's something everyone can enjoy. We look
for poems that are accessible, that have heart, that have
something to say. And then we publish them. Print issues release
in June and December and are each 200 pages of poetry and
essays, plus two interviews with contemporary poets. They can be
purchased at most major bookstores, or securely online.
Magazine -- Reason is the monthly print magazine of
“free minds and free markets.” It covers politics, culture, and
ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary,
and reviews. Reason provides a refreshing alternative to
right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a
principled case for liberty and individual choice in all areas
of human activity.
Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse / 800 Saint
Paul Street / Mount Vernon
Reel Sisters -- REEL SISTERS of the Diaspora
Film Festival and Lecture Series’ mission is to cultivate and
spotlight the unique talent and struggle of women of color in
the film industry. Our goal is to empower women filmmakers of
African-American, Caribbean, Latina, Asian and African descent.
REEL SISTERS provides access to leading professionals through
the presentation of panels and workshops on various topics from
screenwriting to producing.
A Cyberhoodoo Webspace: A commentary journal by hoodoo man
Arthur Flowers that highlights persons and events having an
impact within the community. Arthur
Flowers, a Memphis native, is the author of two novels, De Mojo
Blues and Another Good Loving Blues (Ballantine Books), and
a children's story, Cleveland Lee's Beale Street Band.
Francisco Bay View -- National Black Newspaper
media and political coverage, has been praised by critics and
readers as "fresh," "sorely needed," as well
as "wide-ranging, well-written and thoughtful."
Describing us recently, MSNBC.com said, "Big words. Big
thoughts. Big-hearted site."
Place -- Progams at Sistas'
Place are produced by The CODE Foundation in association with
Shamal Books & Melchizedek Productions, and partially funded
by private and public grants from BET JAZZ, International
Association for Jazz Educators,
New York State Council on the Arts through the Brooklyn Arts
Slavery Today --
http://www.freetheslaves.net/ A site explores the slavery
issue as it manifest itself in the West (in prostitution) and in
Somos Primos --
Dedicated to Hispanic Heritage and Diversity Issues / Society of
Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research / Celebrating 20th
Anniversary / 1986-2006
is purely a labor of love—none of our editors gets paid a single
dime for doing this. In fact, we believe this is one of the
reasons why storySouth has been so successful. In an era
when the holy grail of the book industry is an ever-increasing
profit margin, a love of writing is something that too many
publishers have lost. All of the stories, essays, and poems in
storySouth are written by people who write for the love
of writing, and published by people who share this love.
Subliminal Racism --
This is the home page of Image Analysts™ All Media Services,
founded in 1988 by Arthur J. Graham and Serita Coffee
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years ago, I created a CyberGuide for Achebe's Things Fall
Apart. I have recently intensified my mission to have
that classic read in an academic environment that most often
chooses Conrad's Heart of Darkness almost as though a
sacred text over Achebe's great work.
Howcott -- Personal website (new). She writes: "I am a
social commentator, willing dissident, community educator, a
(lightly) seasoned professional and recovering-flautist. I am .
. . an intellectual . . . a campaigner . . . I am Black, proud,
wholly Same Gender Loving, full in my womanliness and content
with my well-roundedness."
ThisWeekGhana -- ThisWeekGhana.com is a source for
breaking news in Ghana. It is primarily about events in Ghana
and what is happening about Ghana and Africa in the world press.
-- New Orleans night club, videos of
Trans Africa Forum -- TransAfrica Forum is the
oldest and largest African American human rights and social
justice advocacy organization promoting diversity and equity in
the foreign policy arena and justice for the African World.
Coordinated by Peggy
Brooks-Bertram and Barbara
Ann Seals Nevergold, this site attempts to bring attention
to unsung women in our community.
African Artists -- The United African Artists (UAA) is a not-for-profit
Organization set up to promote the growth, unity, and sustenance
of African Artists around the world by providing exposure and
support services to such artists.
Van G. Garrett
awarded a 2006 Hurston/Wright Fellowship for poetry, a 2004 and
2002 Callaloo Creative Writing Fellowship for poetry and the
Danny Lee Lawrence prize for poetry
Video & Audio (Radio): Breath of
My Name is New
Loving Black Women /
/ Malcolm X Videos /
More James Brown
/ MLK Speaks /
I Have a Dream
Black Doll Video /
Dollar Day--Katrina Klap
The View From the Painter’s Ladder -- A Collection
of essays by Roland Sheppard
Virginia Runaways Project
-- The Virginia Runaways project is a
comprehensive collection of advertisements for runaway and
captured slaves and servants which were published in Virginia
newspapers during the eighteenth century.
Visual Arts Links
Code Z - Black Visual Culture http://www.codezonline.com/
Disapora Vibe Gallery - Miami http://www.diasporavibe.com/
DuSable Museum - Chicago http://www.dusablemuseum.org/
En Foco - Photography Organization http://www.enfoco.org/
International Visions Gallery - DC http://www.inter-visions.com/
MoAD Museum - San Francisco http://www.moadsf.org/
Nat Creole Magazine - Art. Culture. Life. http://www.natcreole.com/
WBAI.--On the internet:
WBAI (99.5 FM)Thursdays @ 2pm
Louis Reyes Rivera
(where art & politic meet).
blogzine of Forwardever Media Center (Cheo Tyehimba,
founder and executive director) is an independent arts and
culture site dedicated to promoting media literacy and critical,
without Borders -- undertakes
to promote international communication through translation of
the world's best writing.
Working, 1800-1930 -- The
collection now contains approximately 500,000 digitized pages
and images of selected rare and historical books, institutional
papers, personal papers, diaries, and photographs from Harvard's
network of libraries, archives, and museums. The collection is
completely free and available to anyone with access to the
Internet. The second Open Collection, entitled "Emigration
and Immigration, 1789-1930" will become available in Spring
2006, and a third Open Collection on contagion and infectious
disease between ca. 1700 and 1930 is also forthcoming.
-- New Orleans radio, blues, jazz,
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35 Educational Websites in Memory
of Nathaniel Turner of Southampton (23 August 2010)
1) *Born into slavery in
Southampton County, Virginia, Nat Turner (1800-1831) led the
bloodiest slave insurrection in American history. "The
Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection
in Southampton, Va." (Baltimore: T. R. Gray, 1831).
Nat Turner, 1800?-1831 / The Confessions of
Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton,
Va. / Baltimore: T. R. Gray, 1831.
2) Africa Radio Stations: http://radiotime.com/region/c_101215/Africa.aspx
3) African American Art:
Indiana University Art Museum’s collection of almost fifty
images by ten African American artists. http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/online_modules/aaa/index.html
4) African Digital Art,
Pushing the Boundaries: created by Jepchumba, a Kenyan
digital artist living in Chicago. http://www.africandigitalart.com/
5) Afri-Ware Inc.: a
bookstore, natural beauty products/gift shop, and, cultural
event center in Oak Park, IL. http://www.afriware.net/
6) Big Gaps, Small Gaps:
Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in
Graduating African-American Students: [8 pg. pdf] by Mamie Lynch
and Jennifer Engle for The Education Trust on College Results
7) Bootsy's Funk University:
led by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer bassist Bootsy
8) Cecil Hayes: interior
9) Finding a Way: The Black Family's Struggle for
an Education at the Atlanta University Center. http://www.auctr.edu/FindingAWay/index.asp
10) Gospel Music History Archive:
from the University of Southern California Digital Library.
11) Great Unsolved Mysteries in
Canadian History [Scout Report 08.20.10] http://canadianmysteries.ca/en/index.php
12) Torture and the Truth,
Angélique and the Burning of Montréal: [quote] Marie-Josèphe
dite Angélique, a Black slave, and her White lover, Claude
Thibault were charged.
13) Harlem World, The Guide
for Living & Experiencing Harlem, around the block, around the
14) Iamdonald.com: blog of
Donald Glover, actor, writer, comedian, and musician, currently
on the NBC series Community.
15) International Children's
Digital Library, A Library for the World's Children. http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
16) Labor Center Black Worker
Project: University of California, Berkeley Center for Labor
Research and Education, includes Monthly Black Worker Report.
17) Lexicool.com: directory
of online bilingual & multilingual dictionaries and glossaries
freely available on the Internet. http://www.lexicool.com/
18) Miss Domino: blog dedicated to
the adult readers of Street Literature and alternate titles for
Tweens and Teens. http://missdomino.blogspot.com/
19) Miss Domino's
(librarian K. C. Boyd) Wiki: Phat Fiction: http://phatfiction.wikispaces.com/
20) Mississippi Digital Library: cooperative
digital library program portal to resources to libraries,
archives, museums, and other cultural institutions, including
Jackson State University, the Katrina Research Center and
Tougaloo College. http://www.msdiglib.org/index.php
21) Morehouse King Collection: [quote] Through the
efforts of a group of prominent Atlantans, a 10,000-piece
collection of handwritten notes and unpublished sermons of
Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 narrowly avoided the auction block
and now make its home at Morehouse College, alma mater of the
Nobel Peace Prize laureate whose drum majoring for peace and
justice was first ignited here.
22) New England Chowder Compendium: [quote]
Pulling from the archives of the Beatrice McIntosh Cookery
Collection at the University of Massachusetts this compendium
hopes to investigate the hows and whys of chowder's rise to its
place as an essential part of New England regional cuisine
through recipes, advertisements, and other forms of visual
23) Peg Alston Fine Arts, Inc.
24) Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: dedicated
to independent international
journalism on under-reported topics.
25) Live Hope Love: Living & Loving with HIV in
Jamaica [Flash Player]
[Scout Report 08.20.10] http://www.livehopelove.com/
26) Quilt Index: [quote] aims to be a central
resource that incorporates a wide variety of sources and
information on quilts, quiltmakers and quiltmaking. http://www.quiltindex.org/
27) Sam Cornish: Poet Laureate of Boston.
28) Schomburg Center for Research
in Black Culture: Strategic Direction – Vision Document,
June 22, 2009: [69 pg pdf]
29) Executive summary: [4
30) Seeing Red: Anti-
Communism in Mississippi:
31) Sheila Bridges Design:
[Note her Harlem Toile de Jouy designs. KEB]
32) Sovereignty Commission
Online: [quote] The Mississippi State Sovereignty
Commission was the state's official counter civil rights agency
33) Uncovering New Chicago
Archives Project: [quote] improves access to important
archival collections at the University of Chicago, while
providing access to a wide range of archives at the DuSable
Museum of African-American History, the Chicago Defender, the
Vivan G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History & Literature
located in the Woodson Regional Library, and the South Side
Community Art Center.
34) W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute: a
residential summer program for high-achieving African-American
and Latino-American students attending secondary schools in New
Jersey. [Thanx to NU alum Prof. Mark Ellis, William Paterson
35) CNN video: Summer study program that seeks to address
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South of the Sahara: presents selected internet resources
related to Africa
American Webliography: A project of Louisana State
University Libraries with an extensive list of web resources,
bibliographies, catalogues and more.
Yellow Pages' at the University of Virginia: Links to
digital resources under a number of headings including history,
literature and art
Cyclopedia: An encyclopaedic search engine of artists with
browser options and information on Art Movements, pages include
links to artists’ images, museums and galleries holding works,
articles and reference sites
of History Websites: A site providing annotated links to
over 1200 history websites categorized by period and place,
including ‘U.S. History South Slavery’
Cultural Studies: A website with numerous resources relating
particularly to theoretical engagement with cultural studies of
the Caribbean, including readings lists
Artists: is an innovative online research and reference
facility centred on visual arts practice by artists from a
plurality of diasporic backgrounds including
African/African-Caribbean/South Asian and other diasporas.
Harlem Everyday Life 1915-1930: A site focussing around an
interactive map based on legal records, newspapers, other
archival and published sources which allows multiple search
results of events, people and places to displayed on the same
Scholar: Provides a broad search of scholarly literature
Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials: A list on online
resources both internal and external complied by the Library of
Matters: a gateway to online resources and a repository of
unique materials relating to American History, with a full index
of all resources on the site.
History of Jim Crow: Historical essays addressing a wide
variety of themes, from: Passing for white: First Account
Narratives to; The Historic Black Press, which are a good
starting point for exploring the Jim Crow era.
of Historical Research: providing resources for historians
including online articles events advertising and
Making History (http://www.history.ac.uk/makinghistory/index.html)
a project tracing the role of historians in the development of
the subject with sections on black History and African history
providing bibliographies and further links
Milestones in Black History: A site which contains a
chronological list of events which shaped black history in
America and provides links to various related primary sources
such as Biographies and Videos relating to the Scottsboro Boys,
Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and reactions
to President Obama's election.
Are We So Different: A Project of the American
Anthropological Association: Exploring Biology and Human
Variation, Lived Experience, and three comparative timelines on
the U.S. Government, Science and Society
Freedom Movement: Web Links: An Extensive list of Web links
relating to the Civil Rights Movement. Categorised by key
people, events, themes, and movements.
Transatlantic Slave Trade Database: A fully searchable
database with information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages,
including an African names database and an interactive estimates
Studies: Deconstructing (the) Race: Resources including
videos, articles and recent updates on topical issues from the
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
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Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7
Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and
accounting for their own history.
Dr Hilliard is A teacher,
psychologist, and historian.
Part 2 of 7
3 of 7 /
Part 4 of 7
Part 5 of 7 /
Part 6 of 7 /
Part 7 of 7
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Basil Davidson's "Africa Series"
But Equal /
Mastering A Continent /
of Gold /
The King and the City /
The Bible and The Gun
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Yvette’s cookbook is a 2011 bestseller
GREAT BAY, St. Martin (July 31, 2011)—It’s official. It’s a bestseller! From Yvette’s Kitchen To Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman has sold out, according to House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). In a record seven weeks after its June 2011 release here, less than 80 copies of the cookbook are left in bookstores and with the author’s family representatives charged with distribution, said Jacqueline Sample, HNP president. The decision on whether to reprint a new batch of From Yvette’s Kitchen … lies with the family of the late award-winning chef, said the publisher.“We are very thankful to the people of St. Martin for embracing Yvette’s cookbook. The visitors to our island also bought many copies of this beautifully designed book of the nation’s cuisine,” said Sample.From Yvette’s Kitchen is made up of 13 chapters, including Appetizers, Soups, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Salads, Dumplings, Rice and Fungi, Breads, and Desserts.
The 312-page full color book includes recipes for Souse, the ever-popular Johnny cake, and Conch Yvette’s. Lamb stew, coconut tart, guavaberry, and soursop drink are also among the over 200 recipes à la Yvette in this Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine, said Sample.“We hope that this cookbook’s success also adds to the indicator of the performance and importance of books published in the Caribbean,” said Sample.The other HNP book that sold out in such a short time was the 1989 poetry collection Golden Voices of S’maatin. That first title by Ruby Bute had sold out in about three months and has since been reprinted, said Sample.
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Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert
Dorothy Sterling’s biography of Robert
Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert
Smalls (Garden City, N. Y.:
Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1958). In most
history books, the contributions of Negroes
during the Civil War and Reconstructions are
ignored. Robert Smalls was one of the heroes
who is rarely mentioned. He was a Negro
slave who stole a ship from the
Confederates, served on it with the Union
Army with distinction, and finally served
several terms in Congress.
this was accomplished against the handicaps
first of slavery, then of the prejudice of
the Union Army, and finally of the Jim Crow
laws, which eventually conquered him.
Besides its value in contradicting the
history book insinuation that the Negro was
incapable of political enterprise and that
the South was right in imposing Jim Crow
Captain of the Planter
is an exciting adventure story. Captain
Smalls’ escape from slavery and his battle
exploits make interesting reading, and the
style is fast moving.—Barbara
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West Africa Before the Colonial Era: A
History to 1850
book is excellent as an introduction to West
African history. It begins with a brief
overview of region's history from earliest
times but the focus of the book is on the
thousand years between the 9th and the 19th
Comprehensive overviews of the political
histories of both well and little known West
African states and cities are recounted.
These include the histories of the empires
of Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Kanem-Bornu, Oyo,
Benin, Dahomey and Asante. Accounts of
several other smaller states are also
detailed such as the Hausa city states, the
Wollof kingdom, the Bambara states, the
Niger Delta trading states, the Fulani
states of Futa Jallon and Futa Toro, the
important cities of Timbuktu, Jenne and Gao
and several others.
Apart from these
political histories, Davidson also provides an insight
into the social fabric of West Africa, especially at the
dawn of the 17th century. He describes economic features
(like trade items, routes, currencies etc), religion,
arts and learning in the region, social stratification
and dominant trends. These provide the reader with a
real "feel" of the society at that time. Like all of
Davidson's writings on this subject matter, this book
dispels the myth that Africa had no history or
civilization before contact with Europe. It is clear,
concise and very easy to read.
D. E. Chukwumerije
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Pelican Heart—An Anthology of Poems by
Lasana M. Sekou
Edited by Emio Jorge
for the Nation is what comes out of Sekou’s
poems at a first glance and at a deeper
reading. The book is a selection gathered
from eleven of Sekou’s poetry collections
between 1978 and 2010. Rodríguez is an
independent Cuban academic, writer, and
essayist. He has been a researcher at Casa
de las Américas’s Literary Research Center
and founded the literary journal Anales del
Caribe (1981-2000). María Teresa Ortega
translated the poems from the original
English to Spanish. A critical introduction,
detailed footnotes, and a useful glossary by
Rodríguez are also found in the book of 428
pages. The collection has been launched at
conferences in Barbados, Cuba, and Mexico.
Rodriguez’s introduction to Pelican Heart
refers to Dr. Howard Fergus’s Love Labor
Liberation in Lasana Sekou, which is the
critical commentary to Sekou’s work that
identifies three cardinal points in his
I would add as cardinal points:
Belief or Driving Force of people in political
processes, like his political commitment to make St.
Martin independent, as the southern part of the
Caribbean island is a territory of the Netherlands,
while the northern part is a French Collectivité
d’outre-mer; Excitement over his literary
passions, which led him to found House of
Nehesi Publishers at age 23; co-found the
book festival of St. Martin, organized with
Conscious Lyrics Foundation and to expand
his culture considerably; Enthusiasm, which
springs out of his eyes and words when you
listen to his poetry being performed or when
you speak to Sekou in person.—Sara
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Salvage the Bones
A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake.
She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—
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The White Masters of the
The World and Africa, 1965
By W. E. B. Du Bois
W. E. B. Du Bois’
Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization
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